Ruger is now shipping two new Charger pistols. The first is a reworked base model, while the second is a take-down version of the gun. The guns have a number of new features that will appeal to many shooters. Among the new features are: 10″ threaded barrels (1/2″-28) for the addition of a suppressor includes […]
Typically, when most people are on a de-clutter mission, they start in one room. If that approach isn’t working for you, try to start with a category of stuff in your house or apartment.
Over at Farnam Street, they reviewed The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. In the book, Kondo explains how we get distracted while cleaning up. We find the"hard" category to deal with and get stuck. She explains why a category approach prevents this problem:
People who get stuck halfway usually do so because they start with the things that are hardest to make decisions about. Things that bring back memories,
such as photos, are not the place for beginners to start. Not only is the sheer volume of items in this category usually greater than that of any other, but it is also far harder to make a decision about whether or not to keep them.
Start with a category without a big emotional attachment (she suggests clothes). Go room by room and focus on getting rid of extra clothes. Focus your clean-up on categories you’ll make easy decisions about. If you come across another category of stuff like pictures, put them aside and save it for another time.
The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing | Farnam Street
Photo by Unnar Ýmir Björnsson.
Lego isn’t just a great toy for kids of all ages—those bricks have lots of other productive uses. If you’re looking for just a few pieces or a complete set, BrickLink’s the place to buy or sell Lego parts.
Through BrickLink you can buy bricks, minifigs, and sets. They have a marketplace for buying and selling and a nice "wanted" section if you can’t find what you want. If you’ve lost a key piece to a set, they’ll help you find it. The catalog also has an unofficial pricing guide.
The procedures used in the handmade candy canes from the last entry were foreign to me. So here’s a way to make candy canes that will appeal more to industrial designers, employing all of the big-ass mass-production machines that enable our profession:
We’ve covered how you can use a tennis ball during an airline flight to relieve sore muscles. That’s just the beginning. Over at Prevention, they’ve got a list of all the different ways you can roll out your problems with one or two tennis balls. For example, if you have tight shoulders, like I do, they recommend:
Why It Helps: This move addresses some of the rotator cuff muscles that often tighten from overuse, poor posture, and repetitive motion.
How to do it:
Place a ball behind your shoulder blade while lying on the floor. Experiment with moving your shoulder in every possible direction for 3 minutes on each side. Your arm will look like seaweed floating in the water.
The balls won’t replace a professional massage and won’t work for serious pain. If you’re tight during the day, though, these quick stretches may just do the trick.
10 Pain-Fighting Moves You Can Do With A Tennis Ball | Prevention
Photo by Alosh Bennett.
The violin is a cute little instrument but also, as I learned from watching this video of violin maker (or luthier) John Young, a really interesting instrument to make. It’s artfully designed and carefully shaved down and is still made in a similar way from when it first appeared centuries ago.
Young makes each violin personal and he hopes that his violins can last for hundreds of years (and get better sounding!) like Stradivariuses
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A distracted kid is more often than not a well-behaved kid. So for those times when a child’s phone or tablet has run out of power, Skechers is introducing a new line of shoes called Game Kicks that feature a built-in musical memory matching game that is played like Simon, except that these remain strapped to a kid’s feet.
Available in a girl’s style that features light-up flower buttons and a boy’s version with light-up blocks, the game has kids recreating a blinking beeping pattern that gets longer and longer as they progress. Once they get eight in a row correct, they can claim victory. It’s simple, but it really doesn’t take much to keep kids entertained.
Available for $65 starting in February of next year, the Game Kicks sneakers also come with an all-important mute button so kids can keep playing when the sounds would otherwise give them away, or when there’s the risk of driving their parents mad. [Skechers]
If you’ve got more time than money and have a startup idea that you think you have the skills to build, a new partnership between Amazon Web Services and online education portal edX will hook you up with $1,000 in credit for completing one of two courses on entrepreneurship. Read More